*Alicia Keys and rock legend David Byrne will perform together at Keep a Child Alive’s 11th Annual Black Ball event, reports Billboard.
The annual event featuring first-time musical collaborations will take place on Oct. 30 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Keys is the co-founder and event host for Keep a Child Alive, which has provided HIV treatment to children orphaned due to AIDS since 2003. The singer-songwriter has previously shared the stage with Jay Z, Bono, Adele and David Bowie.
“I’ve always been inspired by David Byrne and his ability to combine music and art, so getting the opportunity to perform with him at this year’s Black Ball is such an honor,” says Keys, who released the new single “We Are Here” last month, in a press statement. “David and I have been talking about his new music and what we’re going to perform and just the thought of it is amazing!”
“Many many years ago my friend Leigh Blake, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, approached me about being part of a charity record called Red Hot & Blue,” says Byrne, the former Talking Heads leader whose most recent album, the St. Vincent collaboration Love This Giant, was released in 2012. “It was a great experience, and it had the side effect of opening my ears to the music of Cole Porter! So, when she approached me about participating in this year’s Black Ball, Keep a Child Alive’s annual fundraiser hosted by Alicia Keys, I immediately said yes. I’m flattered and excited.”
Angel Haze will also perform at this year’s Black Ball gala, and Givenchy’s Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci will be honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts.
Tickets for the Black Ball are now on sale, and more information can be found at keepachildalive.org.